Posted in Autographs, Baseball, New York Mets

At the White Plains National

This weekend, JP Sports and Rock Solid Promotions held their White Plains National sports card show, featuring a selection of autograph guests that included former MLB and NFL stars as well as a few pro wrestlers and actors. There was really someone for just about everyone.

I was talking to my friend Bart on Friday and he mentioned that he was looking forward to the autograph show. Now I hardly ever get to see Bart or do things with him these days, so when he asked if I wanted to go with him, i was quick to agree since it lined up with a rare Saturday day off.

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Posted in Baseball, Trenton Thunder

Looking ahead to an All-Star Summer

I just remembered to flip my calendar to August today – can you believe how fast the year is flying by?

The Trenton Thunder are already looking ahead to 2018, when they will host the Eastern League All-Star Game. The event is split into two days of festivities: a home run derby on Tuesday, July 10th and the All-Star Game itself on Wednesday, July 11th.

The Binghamton Rumble Ponies (New York Mets) will make two trips to Trenton in 2018, June 8-10 and June 19-21, which are the only other dates I’m going to bother making note of now… you can get more information via the Thunder website.

The Atlantic League All-Star Game will be in the tri-state area next summer again as well, hosted by the Long Island Ducks. No date has yet been announced.

Assuming the dates don’t conflict (and they probably will), I’d love to go to both. Here’s hoping I can at least get to see one.

Posted in Baseball, New York Mets

It’s almost time for baseball

We’re less than 24 hours away from the start of the 2017 baseball season…¬†for some reason, the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays get the honor of playing the very first game at 1:10 p.m. The marquee match-up of the day pits the defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs against their St. Louis rivals at 8:35 p.m. (I doubt I will manage to stay up to watch the end of it.)

The game I’ve been looking forward to since Madison Bumgarner shut out the Mets last October 5th will happen on Monday as the Atlanta Braves and New York Mets kick off their 2017 campaigns. The Braves will be better as they begin their first year in a new stadium (let’s hope they’re still using it by the time the local taxpayers finish footing the bill.)

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Autograph additions: Feb. 14-24, 2017

I’m whittling away the list of current and former Mets players who are not represented in my autographed baseball card collection. Recent additions to my collection have brought it down to 99.

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Jerry Blevins – relief pitcher, 2015-present

To play to baseball’s fetish for filling bullpens with left-handed specialists, Mets GM Sandy Alderson traded outfield prospect Matt den Dekker to the Washington Nationals at the end of spring training in 2015 to get Jerry Blevins. He pitched just five innings in the major leagues that year, thanks to suffering a broken bone in his seventh appearance of the the season and then re-fracturing it when he slipped and fell in August. He was effective last season, but seemed miscast – given the opportunity, Blevins was generally effective against right-handed hitters as well as lefties. Time will tell how Terry Collins chooses to use Blevins in 2017. I purchased this rookie signature card for $2.15 from COMC.com.

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